2014

Spring

Finale: A Musician's Best Friend, 2nd Edition (CreateSpace). Finale is the world's leading professional music notation application for composers, arrangers, music educators, their students, music copyists, conventional and self publishers, and amateur musicians to accomplish a host of creative and other music-related tasks. This workbook contains a graduated series of activities and projects that introduce and review the program's most popular and useful features. Topics include: several modes of note entry (Simple, Speedy, Hyperscribe) and editing; adding various expressive markings; page layout; adding lyrics, chord symbols, and guitar fretboards; setting up lead sheets and small/large scores; scanning in music; more realistic playback; working with percussion instruments; creating worksheets, exercises/drills, music games, etc. for use in music education; exporting music as a graphic image; and importing/exporting MIDI, audio and XML files.

2013

Fall

The Tech Savvy Church Musician: Using Technology in Music Ministry (CreateSpace). This practical workbook introduces some of the best, most helpful technology tools for musically creative 21st century musicians working in traditional and contemporary church music settings. Readers will gain an understanding of electronic keyboards, MIDI, working with microphones and other gear for recording/live sound, computer music notation, multi-track recording with a digital audio workstation - and not just as tools for their own sake, but rather to accomplish practical tasks in a music ministry. Several productivity tools for collaboration and organization are covered as well.

2011

Spring

Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity (Oxford University Press). "It has never been easier or more fun for students to compose, improvise, arrange, and produce music and music-related projects than with today's technology. Written in a practical, accessible manner, Using Technology to Unlock Musical Creativity offers both a framework for and practical tips on the technology tools best suited for encouraging students' authentic musical creativity."

"Author Scott Watson makes a compelling case for creativity-based music learning through eight teacher-tested principles that access, nurture, and develop students' potential for musical expression. Example after example illustrates each principle in a variety of music teaching and technology scenarios. Watson also includes practical ideas for technology-based creative music activities, locating lesson plans and other resources, and assessing creative work. The book provides detailed plans for dozens of attractive projects, each linked to MENC National Standards, and also offers suggestions for making adaptations according to grade level and technology proficiency. Additionally, it includes a valuable section of resources with tips for setting up a computer music workstation, a plain-language description of how digital audio works, and a music education technology glossary. Most of the activities described can be carried out by novice users with free or low-cost music applications."

Available for purchase online at Amazon.com and other booksellers.

2009

September

Finale: A Musician's Best Friend. Project-oriented workbook introducing features of most import to music educators and others. Available for purchase online at Lulu.com.

2007

February

"Desert Island Technology", feature article for Music Education Technology magazine, Steve Oppenheimer, Editor.

2006

November

"Copyright Concerns", feature article for Music Education Technology magazine, Steve Oppenheimer, Editor.

2005

Fall

Editor/Contributing Author - Technology Guide for Music Educators (Thomson Publishing). Recommendations, by category, of the best technology tools for use in music education, with suggestions for use in the music curriculum. Authored by a team of educator/experts from TI:ME (the Technology Institute for Music Educators).

September/October

"Picture This: Using Digital Audio Software to Demonstrate, Evaluate and Motivate", feature article for Music Education Technology magazine, Steve Oppenheimer, Editor.

February/March

"A Return to Modernism: Teaching electronic art music composition with today's recording technology", feature article for Music Education Technology magazine, Steve Oppenheimer, Editor.

2004

January

"11 Awesome Uses for Notation Software in Music Education", feature article for Music Education Technology magazine, Steve Oppenheimer, Editor.

November/December

"Teaching Drum Patterns", Tips and Techniques article for Music Education Technology magazine, Steve Oppenheimer, Editor.

2003

September

"Sequence-Stration", feature article for Music Education Technology magazine, Steve Oppenheimer, Editor.

April

"14 Awesome Uses for Notation Software in Music Education", TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) website (www.ti-me.org).

March

"14 Awesome Uses for Notation Software in Music Education", PMEA News (Volume 67, No. 3).

2002

Summer

"Including MIDI and Audio Files in Web Pages," and "Learning MOTU's FreeStyle Software Sequencer," TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) website (www.ti-me.org).

Spring

"Home Practice Online!," National Federation Interscholastic Music Association Journal, (Volume 18, No. 2).

2001

Fall

Contributor - MENC Strategies for Teaching Series: Technology. Various lessons.

March

Making Waves With Your Music Students: Pedagogical Uses for Digital Audio,"PMEA News (Technology Edition).

"Home Practice Online: Creating and Implementing an Interactive Webpage for Music Students", PMEA News (Volume 64, No. 3).

1999

October

"Home Practice Online: Creating and Implementing an Interactive Webpage for Music Students", TI:ME (Technology Institute for Music Educators) website (www.ti-me.org).